Phil Mickelson enters his 25th Open Championship this week at Carnoustie Golf Club in Angus, Scotland. On the fifth anniversary of his historic final round 65 at Muirfield, Lefty looks to add another Claret Jug to his name. As one of the top links golfers in the game, Phil's craftiness around the greens and exceptional ball striking will help him navigate the often treacherous conditions that The Open presents. Take a look at what equipment he has in the bag this week when he tees it up seeking his sixth major championship.
Tournament: The Open Championship
Rogue Sub Zero
In an interview leading up to the Open Championship, Phil mentioned that this week he will carry a driver or 3-wood, but there are only 2 or 3 holes at Carnoustie that warrant using them. If he keeps the driver in the bag, he will be swinging the Rogue Sub Zero that he has played throughout 2018.
Should he decide to keep fairway wood in the bag, he will likely play the Callaway Rogue 3 Wood. The Rogue is already the #1 selling Fairway Wood model in the U.S. this year, per golf datatech, and is the first fairway wood ever with our innovative Jailbreak Technology. Depending on course conditions, Phil may also decide to play the X-Hot Fairway Wood that he has seen much success with at past Opens.
The firm and fast fairway conditions that Carnoustie features allow Phil to rely more heavily on longer irons. He will keep the X-Forged UT 1-iron that he put in play at the Scottish Open in his bag for The Open Championship. According to Mickelson, the recently added driving iron is “very low… and gets on the ground quick. I’ll hit that on probably the last ten holes, almost every hole.”. He will also play an X-Forged UT 3-iron, which is a great option off the tee for tight landing areas and for combatting windy conditions.
Phil put the Epic Pro 4 Iron in the bag last year at the Greenbrier. He particularly likes the combination of launch, ball speed and forgiveness in a player’s iron. This will be another long iron that Lefty will rely on off of the tee and for long par 3s.
Phil likes the turf interaction and precision of the X-Forged mid-irons. The triple 20V grooves that are featured on them promotes a high level of control and excellent spin out of any course condition.
Phil worked with Callaway Chief Designer and legendary wedge maker Roger Cleveland on the Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedges. The “PM” is based off his initials and he carrys a 56*, 60* and 64*. He’ll rely heavily on his short game this week.